Kelly underwhelmed by federal response

The federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been lacking, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said. Requests for medical supplies have not been answered.

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State News

April 3, 2020 - 3:14 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly strongly criticized the U.S. government Thursday as unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic and said her state hasn’t gotten needed supplies despite multiple requests approved since mid-March.

The Democratic governor said Kansas has sought “hundreds of thousands of everything,” including masks, gloves, gowns and testing kits, to deal with the outbreak of the virus that causes COVID-19. The state also has been overwhelmed by questions and claims from jobless workers seeking unemployment benefits.

Kelly expressed her frustrations with President Donald Trump’s administration as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose nearly 15% in a single day, to 552, with 13 deaths since early March.

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